Vote YES on San Rafael City Elementary School District Measure H to provide continued funding for classroom and academic program improvements.
Measure H asks voters in Marin County to support an increase in local school funding by renewing an existing parcel tax and adding an additional rate. If the measure is adopted, parcel owners would continue to pay the established annual rate of $287 per parcel, and an additional parcel tax of $36 annually would be added, for a total of $323 per parcel annually. This local funding stream would provide $5 million annually to San Rafael elementary schools for the 8 years it is in place, and would include senior citizen exemptions, annual adjustments, and independent oversight. These funds would be used to invest in academic programs, improve STEAM education, retain quality faculty, and maintain small class sizes. Parcel taxation has supported the San Rafael districts for over 30 years, and has been reauthorized and increased by a citizen vote four times over that period. This measure requires a two-thirds supermajority voter approval to pass.
Why voting YES on Measure H matters:
- San Rafael elementary schools, which have an overall annual budget of around $62 million, rely on a mix of state and local funding to support their annual expenses. Over the last several years, the elementary district has seen a drop in enrollment, which has resulted in fluctuation in state funding that is typically allocated on a per-pupil system. A local parcel tax funding stream is fixed and provides steady and reliable funding to the education system. Measure G will renew and expand this critical local funding stream, and provide a consistent infusion of funds for the next 8 years that allows for district leaders to plan for strategic growth and develop academic programs.
- With these funds, San Rafael Schools are planning for ambitious improvements to STEAM education and teacher retention. To ensure that these dollars are properly allocated, the district has committed to independent citizen oversight and mandatory annual audits. In addition, none of the raised funds will be spent on administrative salaries. Measure H will require that the elementary district provide taxed citizens with oversight and public accountability, and that the raised funds will be concentrated on improvements to classroom learning and student success.
- While state and federal funds have been funneled to school districts around the country to support the transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, district leaders have had to carefully spend those dollars only on designated e-learning expenses. As schools begin a phased reopening, those federal and state funds will be pulled back, but many of the precautions and pandemic safe-learning initiatives will continue in the coming school year. Measure H will ensure that the district maintains the funding necessary to adapt to the continued changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to reopen schools with safety modifications in place for students and staff.
The committee in support of Measure H, Yes on Measures G and H for San Rafael Schools has raised more than $85,000 for these ballot initiatives. The majority of donors are education organizations, school-level parent committees, and local companies. Donations include a $15,000 donation from BHM Construction, Inc, a $10,000 donation from the CFT COPE teacher’s union committee, and $7,500 from Urban Futures, Inc.
There is no prominent misinformation about Measure H.